Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
Christopher’s alarm went off in the dark again. He couldn’t wait for the short days to be over so he could at least wake up with a little light. As he rolled out of bed, he noticed that it was a little darker than usual in his room that morning. As he pulled up the blinds on his bedroom window, he was surprised to see a dense fog covering the yard and the street. The only thing he could really make out was the street light two houses down and even that glowed very faintly through the mist.
Christopher knew he was going to have to walk to the bus stop that morning. He donned his heavier coat and even thought to pull a wool hat out of the closet. After double-checking that he had all his homework in his backpack, he hoisted it on his back and set out for the bus stop. He could barely see a foot in front of him and once familiar landmarks had disappeared into the thick mist. It took him twice as long to get to the bus stop as usual and he barely made it there on time.
Christopher knew it was a long way to school and he worried about the fog. What if the bus driver had as much trouble seeing to drive as he had had seeing to walk? What if he lost his way in the fog? What if they didn’t get to school on time? What if he couldn’t see the side of the road or the cars in front of him?
They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. Psalm 112:7 (NLT)
The doors opened with a whoosh and Christopher climbed the metal stairs. He couldn’t help but ask the driver, “Can you see to drive in this fog?”
The bus driver chuckled but reassured Christopher that there wouldn’t be a problem getting to school. He had the big fog lights on and was in constant contact with the other drivers. “Trust me,” he assured him. “I can get you where you need to go.”
Christopher settled into his seat and put his backpack on the floor. At the sound of the brakes releasing, he looked out the window. Nothing. He could see nothing at all. Nothing but fog and mist swirling around the bus as they set out for the next stop. “I guess I’ll just have to trust the driver,” Christopher thought to himself.
And that’s what he did. All the way to school. Trusted the driver. Before he knew it, they were pulling up to the long brick building and the kids were piling out of the other buses. They had arrived safely.
Christopher knew what it was like not to trust. When Dad had left and Mom started standing for their marriage, he did not trust that the Lord would bring his dad home. When the money was tight and there was no gas in the car, he didn’t trust that the Lord would provide for them. When Dad seemed to be pulling further and further away, he didn’t trust that the Lord could turn it around for good. When the time seemed to go on forever, he didn’t trust that God had a special plan for their family.
He didn’t trust, but Mom did. She trusted the Lord for everything from food on the table, to blessings at Christmas, to a good job, to a healed family. And the Lord had come through – in everything. And when he struggled at times with trusting that this would last, he remembered all the times that his mom had trusted in the Lord and how faithful He had been. “Guess it’s time I truly started trusting the Driver, too” he thought to himself.
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:3-5 (NLT)
A Stander in Nebraska